Lorenzo M. Monroy

December 4, 1931November 15, 2020

Air Force Master Sergeant Lorenzo M. Monroy, age 88, passed away on Sunday, November 15, 2020. Lorenzo was born December 4, 1931 in San Antonio, Texas to Jaime Ortiz & Josefina M. Monroy. Lorenzo had a long and outstanding career in the Air Force, retiring honorably in 1972 after 21 years of active service. Upon his military separation, he returned to school, obtaining his Bachelor’s of Science in early education from Southwest Texas State University, San Marcos. He then began his second career as an English as a Second Language (ESL) educator. Lorenzo thoroughly enjoyed being an educator, whether it was of young men and women entering the service or of young children learning the language of their adopted country.

In addition to his parents, Lorenzo was also predeceased by his wife, Dora S. Monroy, his children Michael Monroy and Martha Monroy-Schneider, and his siblings Armandina, David Joseph, Daniel Patrick, Armando, and Jo Melinda Monroy. His second wife, Marina, predeceased him. He leaves behind his daughter, Rebecca Monroy (Roy Shelley) and Martha’s husband, Ernest A. Schneider, as well as his grandchildren Ernest Z. Schneider, Jacqueline Schneider, Michele Christy Sierra, Chris Monroy, Rachel Shelley, Riana Shelley, and Ryan Shelley. In addition to two nieces, Letitia Basham and Sheila Wirth, Lorenzo is survived by four great-grandchildren, Emerald Blu, Ryder, Alex, and Isabella.

Lorenzo’s daughter Rebecca thanks, with all her heart and soul, her brother-in-law Ernest A. Schneider, with whom her dad lived alone these past almost 6 very spirited and lively years. Ernest dedicated himself to not only including Lorenzo in his own excursions both in town and in Mexico, but he also gave him incredible care by getting Lorenzo to all his doctors’ and related appointments. Ernest has many entertaining stories to share about his and Lorenzo’s outings. Rebecca knows her dad was much happier staying in his hometown of San Antonio than he could have ever been in South Carolina with her. Ernest, two words: endless gratitude.

A visitation for Lorenzo will be held Thursday, December 3, 2020 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Sunset Northwest Funeral Home. A graveside service will occur Friday, December 4, 2020 at 10:00 AM at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery. Please do not send flowers. Please consider instead honoring Lorenzo with a donation to Brighton Center, a non-profit center in San Antonio serving in particular children with disabilities and developmental delays. Lorenzo’s granddaughter Michele serves as Director of Administration to Brighton Center and his great grandson, Ryder, overcame disadvantages due to his very premature birth through the loving attention of Brighton Center staff. Donations can be made at:

Brighton Center, 14207 Higgins Rd., SATX 78217, or online at

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4 December

Graveside Service

10:00 am

Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery

Shelter #1

1520 Harry Wurzbach Road
San Antonio, TX 78234

Covid-19 Restrictions: 50 family and guest limit at Cemetery. All must be wearing facial coverings and practice social distancing throughout Cemetery.


  • Visitation

    Thursday, December 3, 2020


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Marisa Monroy

December 4, 2020

To anyone reading,

I send all who knew Lorenzo my deepest condolences. It is so warming to read about the positive impact he has left on the world, and I am sure his kindness has been felt in the hearts of many.

I have recently found myself trying to establish the story of my family tree. My father, Thomas Monroy, was adopted by Lorenzo's younger brother Daniel Monroy. Though Daniel was technically my adopted-grandfather, he was the only grandfather that I ever had in my life. It was very short lived, as he passed when I was only five years old, but the memories he left continue to impact me to this day.

I have now found myself piecing together my family history online, article by article, and sadly have found this obituary today. I only wish I could have connected with all of my great uncles and their extended families in person to hear these stories told by themselves.

To the family - though I do not know you, I mourn with you.

My kindest and warmest regards,

Marisa Monroy

Jacqueline Schneider

November 29, 2020

My grandfather read this to me when he was a teacher. Story always stuck with me !

One day a rabbit was boasting about how fast he could run. He was laughing at the turtle for being so slow. Much to the rabbit’s surprise, the turtle challenged him to a race. The rabbit thought this was a good joke and accepted the challenge. The fox was to be the umpire of the race. As the race began, the rabbit raced way ahead of the turtle, just like everyone thought.
The rabbit got to the halfway point and could not see the turtle anywhere. He was hot and tired and decided to stop and take a short nap. Even if the turtle passed him, he would be able to race to the finish line ahead of him. All this time the turtle kept walking step by step by step. He never quit no matter how hot or tired he got. He just kept going.
However, the rabbit slept longer than he had thought and woke up. He could not see the turtle anywhere! He went at full speed to the finish line but found the turtle there waiting for him.
Moral: never underestimate the weakest opponent.


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